Mine car extraordinaire!

Designing projects is always a whole lot of fun. Supervising complex projects is always a challenge and I enjoy that process as well. I thoroughly enjoy helping to lead a wonderful and talented team as they work on projects which I have imagined along with Peter. But the most fun aspect of my job is to roll up my sleeves and actually build a project - at least once i n a while. If I get to do it from start to finish that is even better yet. It doesn't happen often but this past week I got such a chance. The team was busy in the shop building the big mine shaft and surrounding mountain. I snuck out to the metal fabrication area to build the mine car. The design process was relatively quick and the MultiCam CNC plasma cutter made short work cutting the scores of bits and pieces from the 1/4" and 1/8" plate steel.

My task was to fit the many pieces together, tack them into place and then pull some nice long beads of welding to make it a seamless fabrication. It is a magical process to pull my welding helmet down and get in the groove. The project came together quicker than I imagined, in less than three days time including the design and fabrication. That was even including all of the inevitable interruptions to do other daily tasks and meetings. We'll still do a little sculpting to build the rolled of rocks inside the bucket and a base around the bottom but this looks to be the fanciest hole marker ever for an adventure golf! 

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